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NZ tightens rules for incoming riders amid equine flu outbreak

September 30, 2007

New Zealand Thoroughbred Racing has increased its safeguards for riders and stable staff coming into the country during Australia's equine flu outbreak.

Any riders or racing stable staff who have worked with horses overseas, particularly Australia, and who intends to do the same in New Zealand, must notify New Zealand stipendiary stewards or racecourse inspectors before departing their home country, and must communicate with these officials upon arrival, before coming into contact with horses.

All gear to be used by an overseas rider - including gear bags, whips, boots, helmets, body protectors, saddles and attachments and packing - must have been bought after arrival in New Zealand or borrowed from within the country. No gear is to be brought into New Zealand from overseas.

Riders must present themselves to the stipendary stweards or inspectors to have all their riding gear inspected. It is the rider's responsibility to provide proof that the required measures have been adhered to. Permission to ride will be granted only when the above officials are assured that all appropriate biosecurity precautionary measures have been undertaken.

They may not work with a horse or go to a stable within 48 hours of arriving in the country, subject to the above procedures, and proof of arrival date may be required.



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